There are a lot of picture quotes (idk what they’re called; I’m calling them picture quotes!) floating around that suggest dropping the negative people in your life. But what if they’re family? Best friends? How negative does the person have to be to “drop” them? What extent of their negativity should be considered tolerable before you decide you don’t want to be around them anymore? What if all your friends are negative? How do you follow this advice without isolating yourself?
It turns out the old adage rings true: it’s easier said than done.
I don’t think I ever consciously decided that I wanted to leave people out of my life until it already happened. I think that people naturally tend to slowly weed out the negativity, and I think that’s what has happened to me. It turns out that some of my best friends were the culprits of my bad moods. Of course, I want to lend an ear and provide support. But when all your friends do is complain about things they can change, it gets tiresome.